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Brain Parts Song by Aaron Wolf


Published 2011


Song for learning and memorizing parts of the brain and their functions.

There's so much here packed into 3 minutes, that I recommend repeated viewings/listenings for anyone wanting to use this song as a memory/learning aid. The song is actually pretty catchy if you listen enough, although there's no exact repetition like most pop songs.

(scroll down to download PDF with chords)

LYRICS:
This is a song about parts of the brain
I'm singing it to memorize the names
The ideas here may be simplistic
but matching meaning and rhyme is a tough logistic

The Cerebral Cortex has four main lobes
With names from the nearby skull bones

Frontal does the thinking
Occipital deals with vision
Parietal senses objects
and Temporal listens

Inside these lobes there's specialties
Like Broca's Area which produces speech
Wernicke's area handles language comprehension
and the Motor Cortex is for moving with intention

The Sensory Cortex handles perception
of touch, pain, temperature and proprioception

There's two outer brain parts that are distinct
They may seem separate, but everything's linked

The Cerebellum does balance & coordination
and has our memorized-movement archive
The Brainstem sets heartbeat & respiration
and other things that we need to survive

The brain's inner parts are unique
cut the Corpus Callosum to take a peek

the Thalamus handles signal routing
and the Amygdala's emotions can have you shouting

the Hippocampus does our long-term memory saving
and the Hypothalamus makes our sex and food cravings

The Anterior Cingulate Cortex learns from mistakes
and in controlling movement, the Basal Ganglia is the brakes

The brain parts list is much longer, indeed
But for my class assignment this is all I need

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See my blog post about this video and thoughts about Creative Commons licensing here: http://blog.wolftune.com/2011/07/brain-parts-song-video.html

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Credits for unoriginal images:

Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator & C. Carl Jaffe, MD, cardiologist:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skull_and_brain_normal_human.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brain_stem_normal_human.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brain_human_sagittal_section.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lungs_diagram_detailed.svg

from Gray's Anatomy (public domain):
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gray720.png
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brain_diagram_without_text.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Schaedel-mensch-seitenansicht.jpg

Human Eye by Rainer Ebert
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainerebert/3206069919/

Rosenthal rotating cube in Ann Arbor, photo by Douglas Muth:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/477646651/

Ear by David Benbennick
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ear.jpg

Breakdancing:
http://www.archive.org/details/minitobozmoiBboy

Touching Metorite by Bo-Gordy-Stith:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56981926@N00/2280381435

Cast by Mark Tristan:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marktristan/453108653/

Alpha shivering on the deck:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/3063515370/

Upside Down by Johnny Jet:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyjet/2830416793/

Balance Beam:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balance_beam_GMM.jpg

Juggling by Peter Fristedt:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fristedt/2124210791/

Electronic phase control by Dmitry G:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Electronic_phase_control_relay.jpg

Expression of Emotions by Guillaume Duchenne:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Expression_of_the_Emotions_Figure_21.png

All We Need Is Smile:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmydavao/3140483621/

Triste by Arwen Abendstern:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arwen-abendstern/2100162345/

Scream and Shout by Mindaugas Danys:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mindaugasdanys/3766009204/

Always Kiss Me Goodnight by Courtney Carmody:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calamity_photography/4640356465/

Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria by Robert Banh:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/3279100562/

Human Heart by Mikael Häggström:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Human_heart.png

Basal Ganglia by John Henkel:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BrainCaudatePutamen.svg

various images from BodyParts3D/Anatomography:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Animations_using_BodyParts3D_polygon_data
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Animations_from_Anatomography
Blog post with further discussion is here:
http://blog.wolftune.com/2011/07/brain-parts-song-video.html

Credits for images:

Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator & C. Carl Jaffe, MD, cardiologist:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skull_and_brain_normal_human.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brain_stem_normal_human.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brain_human_sagittal_section.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lungs_diagram_detailed.svg

from Gray's Anatomy (public domain):
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gray720.png
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brain_diagram_without_text.svg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Schaedel-mensch-seitenansicht.jpg

Human Eye by Rainer Ebert
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainerebert/3206069919/

Rosenthal rotating cube in Ann Arbor, photo by Douglas Muth:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmuth/477646651/

Ear:
David Benbennick
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ear.jpg

Breakdancing:
http://www.archive.org/details/minitobozmoiBboy

Touching Metorite by Bo-Gordy-Stith:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/56981926@N00/2280381435

Cast by Mark Tristan:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marktristan/453108653/

Alpha shivering on the deck:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/3063515370/

Upside Down by Johnny Jet:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyjet/2830416793/

Balance Beam:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balance_beam_GMM.jpg

Juggling by Peter Fristedt:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fristedt/2124210791/

Electronic phase control by Dmitry G:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Electronic_phase_control_relay.jpg

Expression of Emotions by Guillaume Duchenne:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Expression_of_the_Emotions_Figure_21.png

All We Need Is Smile:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmydavao/3140483621/

Triste by Arwen Abendstern:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arwen-abendstern/2100162345/

Scream and Shout by Mindaugas Danys:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mindaugasdanys/3766009204/

Always Kiss Me Goodnight by Courtney Carmody:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calamity_photography/4640356465/

Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria by Robert Banh:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/3279100562/

Human Heart by Mikael Häggström:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Human_heart.png

Basal Ganglia by John Henkel:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BrainCaudatePutamen.svg

various images from BodyParts3D/Anatomography:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Animations_using_BodyParts3D_polygon_data
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Animations_from_Anatomography


Run time 3 minutes
Producer Aaron Wolf
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English
Contact Information wolftune@gmail.com http://wolftune.com


Credits

Aaron Wolf

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